Cash-strapped cities around the nation are increasingly using heavy fines to fund basic services — in turn, sending residents into debt and bankruptcy.
This weekend, Grammy-nominated rapper Nipsey Hussle, 33, was shot and killed in front of a store he owned in south Los Angeles.
He was scheduled to meet with officials from The Los Angeles Police Department the following day about how to reduce gang violence in the city.
Last year, he told The L.A. Times about his experience coming up in music, and how he managed to change his future.
“I grew up in gang culture,” he said. “We dealt with death, with murder. It was like living in a war zone, where people die on these blocks and everybody is a little bit immune to it. I guess they call it post-traumatic stress, when you have people that have been at war for such a long time. I think L.A. suffers from that because it’s not normal yet we embrace it like it is after a while.”
Ultimately, his goal was to combine his music interests with his tech sensibilities — partly due to financial constraints.
Hussle opened a store, a STEM-focused co-working space and engaged in other local efforts to counter the culture of violence in his neighborhood.
The FBI reports 33,000 street, motorcycle and prison gangs are active in the U.S. today. A 2012 CDC analysis of large cities in 17 states found that gang violence — including homicides — is “a significant public health problem,” particularly among youth.
Why don’t we hear as much about the epidemic of street gangs anymore? Why do people continue to join these groups? What do we know about effective ways to combat gang violence and who is leading that work?
Produced by Jonquilyn Hill.
- Terrell Williams DJ Chubb E Swagg, worked with rapper Nipsey Hussle; @DjChubbESwagg
- Hannah Dreier Reporter, ProPublica; @hannahdreier
- Mark Culliton CEO, College Bound Dorchester; @mculliton
- Francisco Gallardo Program director, Gang Rescue And Support Project
- Alex Ghiz Supervisory Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation
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